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[39] Plures imponere nodos. It may at first seem strange to the reader, that Acontius, who had just before owned his crime, and endeavoured to alleviate it from the circumstances in which he found himself, should suddenly so far change his mind, as to avow it openly, and profess himself ready to repeat it a thousand times, did the case admit. But, as we have aheady remarked, he had quite changed the idea of the thing, and, by the ingenious turn he gives it, makes it appear rather as a merit. It was therefore well judged after this, to boast rather of an action that spoke the strength of his passion, and to avow, that far from repenting of it, he was ready to repeat it, to give that fresh testimony of a continued unalterable love. He had already bound her with one chain; and so earnest was he to secure her to himself, that were it possible to tie her down by a thousand more, he would gladly take that method, to prevent a possibility of losing her.

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